This year, actual living Christmas trees will cost more to purchase, and inflation is to blame. That may be bad news for your wallet, but it may be advantageous for Oregon. Over 30% of the Christmas trees sold in the US are produced in Oregon, according to the Oregon Agriculture in The Classroom Foundation (OATCF).
There is additional positive news for growers in the Northwest after shortages in previous years: this year’s harvest is progressing well. Due to our wetter-than-average spring, experts do not anticipate any shortages. In fact, April 2022 was the wettest April Oregon has ever experienced, with record rainfall, according to KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill.
The challenges of moving the trees will have a significant impact on costs across the country in addition to inflation. The majority of the trees must travel a large distance east to reach markets in the south and greater west because they begin their life in western counties like Clackamas and Benton.
According to the Real Christmas Tree Board, even if the price of trees will increase, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding one (RCTB). According to the association, 86% of customers had no trouble locating a tree last year, and they anticipate the same to be true this year. The only significant change they can see is the virtually definite price hike.
The RCTB reports that 71% of tree wholesalers anticipate raising their rates this holiday season. The good news is that retailers will cover the majority of these expenditures. The cost of gasoline and fertiliser, both essential for the growth of Christmas trees, is one of the major indicators of price hikes.
Currently, there are over 1,000 farms in Oregon that are dedicated to cultivating trees that are frequently used as holiday decorations, such as Douglas, Noble, and Grand Fir trees. According to the OATCF, the industry has a staggering $107 million in value as of 2020.
Tree farming is advantageous for the environment as well as the state’s economy. Artificial trees are typically composed of plastic, and the production process releases greenhouse gases, claims the nonprofit organisation One Tree Planted.
Despite the fact that the group acknowledges that cutting down trees is usually negative for the environment, Christmas tree farms actually absorb hazardous emissions before the trees are harvested. According to One Tree Planted, a plastic tree would actually need to be used for more than 10 years before it had an equivalent environmental impact as a genuine tree.
According to the Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association, late November is the ideal time to go tree shopping. They claim that the period between November 25 and December 1st is ideal for having a large selection and avoiding last-minute price rises.
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